Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Dark Ale
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consummated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. Seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced.

Beautiful, rich and smooth, roasty and malty throughout, Seduction offers balanced chocolate-cherry notes, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a long, slow finish. Seduction is welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The more I drink of this Kriek (cherry) infused Belgian-style Porter, the more I think of it as Three Philosopher's little brother. A lot of the same flavors are displayed and with nearly the same balance, but with a lighter overall demeanor.

Opening with a rusty brown color and significant haze, the russet brown beer develops a creamy and thinly layered head of egg shell white foam that retained fair, only fading after half way through the session. Light on lace, the beer carries a slightly dull appearance overall.

Chocolate, berry-like tartness, cherries, vinous wines, a plethera of nutty flavors, and spicy notes all emit into the nose with medium intensity, reading into the styles of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, just lighter.

Flavors deliver on the lighter profile with the culmination of chocolate covered cherries, light nutty coffees, mild caramel, light red wines, and cidery notes. The lighter flavors allow for higher rate of drinkability, but forego the complexities of sheer intensity of sweetness and strength.

Medium bodied early, the carbonation leads to a quick mid palate of surprising dryness despite richer flavors to start. This makes the bone dry finish an effortless choice on the drinkability scale, and with a light aftertaste of whimsical malt and fruit.

Though the comparisons to Belgian Stong Dark Ales, especially the Kriek-infussed Three Philosophers will leave the staunch beer enthusisasts lingering for more, maybe the better comparisons are the Ommegang Abbey Ale or something more akin to Grimbergen Double- here Seduction sees very favorable results.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, courtesy of Nick. Thanks for sharing! Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown on the pour, looking densely black sitting in the glass. A huge foamy, fluffy tan colored head dissipated somewhat quickly, but did leave some nice clinging lace around the glass. This seems signature Ommegang, well carbonated by the looks of things.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, caramel, spice, cherry flesh and a overall sweet fruitiness towards the back. I get everything the bottle says, namely the chocolate and cherry they are quick to point out. Nothing is overwhelming though the cherry could be a bit more pronounced to compete with the rich roasted malt aromas.

T: Bakers dark chocolate is instantly coating the palate, along with some robust malt qualities. Certainly some roasted notes and coffee beans mid-palate with the cherries trying to come in towards the back end. They struggle and struggle, but it's not enough to make a pronounced appearance on the flavor. In this regard, it's a bit of a let down though you do get some of it.

M: Highly carbonated, not fizzy and it does retain a nice feeling body. Bubbles on the palate gives it a nice smoothness.

I thought this was pretty good. Some of the others who sampled with me thought it wasn't as good, but I enjoyed the combination of flavors. I do wish like everyone else that the cherry came out a bit more to compete with the dominant roasted/chocolate malt flavors. Good beer, but a bit overpriced ($15.99 here) for what you get, in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured to a dark brown almost black color with a half finger of light brown head.
S - Tart, acidic, dark cherries upfront followed by a very roasty malt. Medium sweet chocolate and light hints of caramel and coffee follow at the end.
T - Delicious. Medium sweet and tart black cherries, warm roasty malt, medium sweet chocolate and lightly sweet cappuccino at the end. Amazingly smooth and medium/fall bodied. Perfect winter sipping beer to be sure.
O - A five star porter. One of the best porters I've ever had in my life. I strongly urge you to try it if you can get your hands on it.
V - Very worth it.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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1.59/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has chocolate and malt cherry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with chocolate and cherry flavors
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice porter

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a Duvel Tulip glass

A: Pours an extremely dark and deep black with more than two fingers worth of very fine bubbled mocha colored head that lingers for an extremely long time and leaves a ton of very fine lacing in rings around the glass
S: chocolate and coffee malts and possibly a small amount of licorice
T: nice smooth chocolate malts in the beginning with a nice depth then it moves into a dark section in the middle with a slight coffee malt character, at the end the Belgian yeast comes straight through and a slight dark chocolate not lingers on the mouth afterwards
M: medium carbonation tingle, drinks thin but leaves a kind of thick feeling on the palate like dry chocolate
O: what ive come to expect from my friends over at ommegang, a great tasting brew with an extremely high quality note, its a nice one

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Seduction from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 453 ratings